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In the Studio Series — with Julie Angela Theresa

All of my paintings have one thing in common – the perspective:  a straight-on close-up view, either looking straight down, or out.  The objects are singular, seen head on, from a one-point perspective.  There is no far off background, no foreground, no multiple perspectives, angles, or horizon lines – nothing to distract you, the viewer, from the object.  The space around the object is bright and flat, in contrast with the rust, dirt, and grime on the object.  There is nowhere else to look and the viewer is forced to see what I want them to: the subject matter, and only the subject matter. — Julie Angela Theresa

What does your art/business do?
I am an oil painter and my newest paintings seem to fall into the category of “contemporary” Tromp l’Oeil.

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When did you start your business and what motivated you to begin?
I graduated from art school in 2001 and moved into Joy Street the 2nd month after it was converted into artists studios back in 2004 and have been painting here ever since.

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We’re so lucky to have you! What did you used to do before this?
I have always had other jobs concurrent with painting; some art related, some… not so much. When I first left art school, I was a manager at a retail store for 4 years.

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What was the biggest challenge in getting started?

Probably narrowing down what I want to do.  I try to paint intentionally simplistic looking compositions. Saying what I want to say in a painting with minimal objects is a fun challenge.

Since starting, what are you most proud of in your work?
Just that I can continue coming up with new ideas to paint, I guess.

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I really admire your humbleness. Who are three creative-types or businesses that inspire or influence you?

I love looking at other painters.  Some of my favorites are Lynda Lowe, Robert Jackson, and Odd Nerdrum.

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What is something you find helps motivate you day-to-day to create?
Me! My paintings are little stories that tell what is going on in my life.  For example – back in 2005 I was in a bad car accident and for about a year I painted eggs.  At first when I was going through physical therapy the egg shells were all broken and cracked.  As the year went on and I got better the eggs became whole again.

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How I would love to see some of those egg paintings! I have been a silent admirer of Julie’s double-take oil paintings since joining Joy Street Artists in 2013. I’m the one that’s frequently just standing in front of one of her new paintings, just moving my head around and obsessing over how her eyes can read light and shadows. It’s incredibly skilled to see an object and read what is creating these visual dimensions we register on some level, but don’t always acknowledge. Julie’s work shows so much depth and understanding of not just her medium, but her grasp of translating reality to even fool the viewer. She exhibits total control of what you think you are seeing.


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In the Studio Series – with Sandhya Garg

All the studios were a-buzz when we learned of a new artist and designer that moved into our friendly and quiet studio community here at Joy Street. I got a chance to meet-up with Sandhya a few weeks ago and she was the nicest fashion designer my eyes and ears got to meet. I highly recommend swinging by her studio for a visit-in-person for this week’s up-coming Open Studios. There is more to her than this written interview and it’s lovely to see the inner-workings of a new and growing business. Very excited to watch her designs evolve. Read More

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In the Studio Series – with Matt Jacobs

One of the first couple of people I had the pleasure of meeting when I first came to Joy Street was Matthew Jacobs. It was Emily Worden (whose studio I was taking over) who pretty much introduced him to me as, “This is, he’ll-find-a-way-to-get-it-done, Matt.” Most everyone knows Matt if they Read More

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In the Studio Series — with Paula Garbarino

I seek to make elegant furniture featuring charming marquetry and time-honored craftsmanship. I design and build for clients to suit their practical needs and aesthetic tastes. I have been a woodworker for over 30 years and a furniture maker for over 20. My training was formal and in traditional design and construction of 18th and 19th century styles. I continue to work in those periods but am also pleased to accommodate more contemporary looks.  — Paula Garbarino

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In the Studio Series — with Kristin Breiseth

Announcing a new series we’ll be kicking off here at 86 Joy Street! As you may already know, we only open our doors to the public twice a year. This is a small and humble window we are opening to our beautiful little world in our Somerville-based studios. You may or may not find the behind-the-scenes as polished but you’ll get a closer sense and hear right from some of your favorite designers, makers, artists, and small businesses.

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A Happy Decade

Joy Street Artists just finished celebrating their 10th Open Studios Anniversary this past November. It was a lovely turn-out full of friendly local art lovers and people interested in learning more about the happenings going on at Joy Street Studios.  Read More